United States Supreme Court
427 U.S. 215 (1976)
Fano (plaintiff) was a prisoner housed in a medium-security Massachusetts state prison. Due to Fano’s conduct while in prison, Meachum (defendant), the prison superintendent, ordered Fano to be transferred to a maximum-security prison. Fano testified at a transfer hearing and presented evidence supporting his case to not be transferred. Fano was not allowed to confront witnesses, including Meachum. Fano brought suit arguing that without the ability to confront and cross-examine adverse witnesses, the transfer violated his procedural due process rights. On appeal, the court of appeals ruled in favor of Fano. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
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